Watts News
 Published for the members of North Itasca Electric Cooperative
VOL. 16 NO. 5  -  May 2013

North Itasca Electric to provide value-added services as a Touchstone Energy® Cooperative 

North Itasca Electric recently joined the ranks of cooperative electric utilities across the country as a Touchstone Energy® cooperative. Touchstone Energy is a nationwide alliance of more than 740 electric cooperatives across the country dedicated to providing superior service to its members through value-added programs.


Touchstone Energy® and the Value of Membership  

by Jared Echternach, CEO

I have some great news Id like to share with you. North Itasca Electric is now a Touchstone Energy Cooperative. But what exactly does that mean to our members? It means we have joined more than 740 other electric cooperatives across the country to deliver greater value to our members. More specifically, Touchstone Energy is a nationwide alliance of more than 740 electric cooperatives across the country dedicated to the four core values of Integrity, Accountability, Innovation and Commitment to Community.


Chris Corradi joins co-op  

by Sally Sedgwick

I love the co-op world, said Chris Corradi, the new manager of finance and office services at North Itasca Electric Cooperative. As an intern while studying accounting at Bemidji State University, Corradi became part of Beltrami Electric Co-op ... and stayed after he graduated.

He moved from public relations specialist to plant accountant; tracking material, inventory, costs and more on the operations side. Most recently, he was supervisor of customer service where he and his department of six handled customer billing and served as the first point of contact for the almost 17,000 Beltrami Electric Co-op members in three counties.


Highway 38 corridor plan update hearing 

by Sally Sedgwick

Residents of the Highway 38 corridor gathered to celebrate and debate the national scenic byway recently as the leadership board listened to suggested updates to the corridor plan.

Summarizing the history of the byway, Leadership Board Member Tarry Edington described the steps in recognizing both the scenic and practical value of the highway. At times progress was slow. The first public commitment was in 1970, but it wasnt until 1997 that a citizen group was formed to advocate for the highway. Now, most of the highway has been upgraded in a series of projects.


Customer survey 

We may be contacting you...

North Itasca Electric is conducting a survey that will help us better serve your future needs. Through a random selection process, you may be asked to help. If you are selected, you will receive the survey in early June by mail. We ask that you take time to complete the survey, as the information is valuable to us.

This survey is conducted approximately every four years to track appliance usage patterns as well as the saturation of appliances within our service territory. This information is used primarily to help determine our long-range load forecast needs, but is also used to better understand what types and ages of appliances exist within our service territory. We appreciate your willingness to take this survey and thank you in advance for your participation.

May 2013 Calendar of Events 

2 Northome Elementary School K-4 music concert, 7-8:30 p.m.
2 Storytelling, Marcell Town Hall, 6:30 p.m. Subject is "Spring Traditions." All ages welcome.
3 Blackduck Senior Center Omelet Brunch, Craft and Bake Sale. Omelets 9 a.m.-1 p.m., crafts and baked goods until 3. Call 835-7728.
4 Last day to see the Edge Gallery Exhibit "Seven McKnight Artists" from the Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis. Gallery open in Bigfork, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Also deadline for entries to the Ninth Annual Juried Art Exhibit. See www.the-edge-center.org.
4 Deer River High School Prom, 7 p.m.
4 Northome High School Prom